Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence

The Garrigan Lyman Group partnered with TOMS shoes to hire me as their private photographer to document the Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence which happened this last wednesday, December 9th in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the Department of State. Because I wasn’t press, I had the opportunity to hang out with the award winners, ambassadors, and other high profile award attendees before and after the ceremony, and let me tell you, it was awesome!!!
The winners were chosen because of their philanthropic business practices in third world countries. For every one pair of TOMS shoes sold, winner Blake Mycoskie of TOMS shoes promises to send one pair of shoes to children in countries such as Argentina, Ethiopia, China etc.  John Stanton and Brad Horowitz of Trilogy International Partners worked with Wyclef Jean to bring free internet access to people in Haiti.  Below you will see a number of photos of the award winners with Secretary Hillary Clinton, Singer/Song writer Wyclef Jean, Under Secretary Robert Hormats  and Zac Hanson of the musical group Hanson (yes, mmmmm-bop).
I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them!

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For more information about the awards and to see press releases see the links below:

Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence

TOMS Shoes Award Winner

Trilogy International Partners

America.gov

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Heather - December 11, 2009 - 2:46 pm

K – these are fabulous!!! what a great gig :) I must say Hillary looks stunning in pink!!! Nice work and congrats :)

Dorothy Novak - December 13, 2009 - 3:49 pm

Katharine,

I am a patient of your Mom’s and something tells me she must be quite proud right about now! Great job…..you should be on your way.

Anna - December 20, 2009 - 3:58 am

Katehaus! You sure know how to be in the right place at the right time! And you have the gift of making EVERYONE look beautiful! Can’t wait to see where you are shooting a year from now….

Bernard Witholt - December 20, 2009 - 6:13 am

Hi Kath,

Anna sent this on to me, who suggested i check out her little cousin…

I did, and the photos are terrific, as of course is the group you photographed. Congratulations, and best for 2010

Bernard

ACE Awards Press Release

So these are my pics from last night. More to come of my own next week!

TOMS receives the Secretary of State’s 2009 Award for Corporate Excellence


TOMS Shoes and Chief Shoe Giver Blake Mycoskie are proud recipients of the Secretary of State’s 2009 Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) presented by Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton. The award, established by the State Department in 1999, celebrates companies’ commitment to corporate social responsibility, innovation, exemplary practices, and democratic values worldwide. TOMS Shoes, with its One for One business model, exemplifies the ideals recognized by the award.

U.S. companies are nominated by Chiefs of Mission worldwide and the winners are chosen by a selection committee comprised of senior Department of State and other governmental officials and chaired by the Under Secretary for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs. Nominations are based upon companies’ achievements using criteria such as responsible environmental protection and practices, innovative programs with measurable results and contribution to local science & technology.

“I am honored that TOMS Shoes is the recipient of such an esteemed and important accolade,” said Mycoskie. “Since the start of this company, we have strived to create a dialogue with the communities in which we operate while contributing to the greater good around the world. I am humbled by this great recognition and will continue encouraging and engaging in responsible business practices.”

Secretary Hillary Rodman Clinton thanked TOMS Shoes and Blake for “reminding us that American businesses can do much more than sell goods and services. They can bring hope and optimism to communities abroad. They can inspire others to take risks to become entrepreneurs and grow their own businesses. They can really give people the sense that the private sector can make a difference, a lasting sustainable difference, and they can do well as well as doing good.”

Past winners of the award include GE, Cisco Systems, Coca-Cola and Ford Motor Company.

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